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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
March 21, 2017

2016 NCHN Awards
Nomination deadline: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Each year at the NCHN Annual Educational Conference, we recognize network leaders and network organizations. The nomination process for the 2017 Awards is underway.  The Awards will be presented at an Awards Breakfast during our Educational Conference on Wednesday April 26, 2017 in Bozeman, MT.  Please take a few minutes to nominate an individual or network. You can find the categories and criteria in our  Awards Guidelines Nomination Form

2017 NCHN

3 Days Left to Reserve Your Room
Hotel room reservation deadline is March 24, 2017. 

Please reserve yours today by calling 406-587-5261. (Reference “NCHN Annual Conference" or the Group Code “HCA42017")  
Best Western Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman, MT. Rates: Single/Double: $89 +  tax (7%)/night + flat TBID* Assessment Fee/Night of $2.00
The conference runs from 2:00 PM Tue., April 25th - 12:00 PM Thu., April  27th.  If available, rooms can be reserved at the conference rate from Sun., April 23rd - Fri., April 28th.

 The Conference is NEXT MONTH!
Please visit our Conference Website for all the details and register using our online Registration Form

For those who have registered, please watch your email for an invitation to download our event app.  If you have any questions please contact Linda K. Weiss at or 217-549-4121.

Former NCHN Director Receives Doctorate
Brendan L. Ashby, EdD, MBA, MPH, MCHES, FACHE, a former NCHN Director recently completed his doctoral studies on rural health care alliance. NCHN thanks Dr. Ashby for his research and the NCHN members that gave of their time to participate in the study. Dr. Ashby has agreed to discuss the findings with NCHN members. The date and time of the Special Interest Call will be announced.  Here is a summary of the research:
Rural Based Multisector Health Care Alliances:  Exogenous and Endogenous Factors Influencing Operational Components
Purpose of the Study:
The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify the commonly shared operational components of rural based multisector health care alliances (MHCAs) that have been in operation for more than five years. 
Problem Addressed:
In rural based multisector health care alliances that have been in operation for more than five years, to what extent will determining the shared operational components increase the success of those health alliances? 
Aim of the Study:
The aim of the study was to design an evidence-based solution or tool to help rural based multisector health care alliances improve operational efficiency and effectiveness leading to organizational sustainability.
Findings and Evidence-Based Solution:
The researcher identified four main themes that surfaced from the data:
1.    Services Provided by Multisector Health Care Alliances,
2.    Business Operations of Multisector Health Care Alliances,
3.    Adaptability of Multisector Health Care Alliances, and
4.    Collaboration of Multisector Health Care Alliances.
Dr. Ashby has created a MHCA Checklist TM that builds upon previous research and contains the commonly shared operational components of successful rural based MHCAS that had been in operation for a minimum of five years. Those elements have been identified as necessary for maximized operational effectiveness and sustainability utilizing this knowledge at multiple governance and design principle levels.


Anniversaries are special times. For the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership (NGHP), 2017 marks a very exciting one: their twenty-fifth.  Please read THE NGHP CELEBRATES TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING



Reminder- the next webinar is Thursday, April 6, 2017
Topic:  Pain Control

Executive Roundtable 

NCHN’s April ER  Call - Friday, April 21st   
11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT
Join NCHN leaders to WorkShop  enhancements for a service you offer.  What is WorkShopping?  Any participant will be able to provide a three minute overview of a current or proposed service or product. In addition, the participant will have a chance to pose one question.  The questions might look like:   Who else might want to purchase this service?  What might alternative pricing look like?  What value-add might we add to this product?  The following 7 minutes are dedicated to WorkShopping the question and the service/product.  There are no wrong answers.  There is unlimited creativity, best practices and boundless innovation.  Join this creative session.  Your board and community members will benefit!
NCHN members will receive Readytalk invitations. If you don't receive one by April 14th please contact Tara Long

All Times are EST !
Executive Committee Call
March 21st @ 3:30 PM

Conference Planning Committee
March 28th @ 11:00 AM

Board of Directors Call
April 3rd @ 3:30 PM

Conference Planning Committee
April 11th @ 11:00 AM
Conference Planning Committee
April 18th @ 11:00 AM

Executive Roundtable Call
April 21st @ 11:00 AM

Board of Directors Retreat*

April 25th @ 8:30 AM*

*(this meeting is in Bozeman, MT at the Annual Conference & is MST)


Funding Finder

Support for Collaborations to Promote Child-Centered Communities - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Raising Places: Building Child-Centered Communities 
The letter of intent deadline is March 31, 2017; full proposals will be due May 5, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Funding Opportunity Brochure.
Grants Enhance Early Childhood Oral Health-ADA Foundation: Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health  The application deadline is April 14, 2017.
Support for Health Initiatives in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, and Oklahoma - COPIC Medical Foundation Letters of intent may be submitted throughout the year. The first application deadline for 2017 is April 1

Educational Endeavors

The Power of Three: $149 Webinar Special

Kick off your spring grantseeking with three powerful, back-to-back webinars in April presented by CEO and Founder of GrantStation, Cynthia Adams. Purchasing this special $149 offer grants you individual access to all three of these webinars for one low price:

 National Nuggets

VA Office of Rural Health “The Rural Connection” Spring 2017 Edition
The CMS Innovation Center is accepting Letters of Intent & applications for the 2018 round of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model. Rural provider groups that are eligible for this model include Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Clinics, and Critical Access Hospitals.  To apply, letters of intent must be submitted by May 4, 2017.
Miscellaneous Mentions
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